ARTHUR BAUMAN, M.D.; PAUL W. HOFFERT, M.D.
Since Eitel reported the first case of primary or idiopathic torsion of the greater omentum in 1899,1 approximately 100 cases of torsion, with and without infarction, have been reported in the literature.2 Thirty-six additional cases of primary segmental infarction without torsion have been described.3-15
With the exception of Eitel's patient, all of the patients presented the picture of an acute surgical abdomen. Since the symptoms and signs were usually confined to the right lower quadrant, the preoperative diagnosis was acute appendicitis in the majority of cases. In relatively few instances the preoperative diagnosis was either a perforated viscus or acute
BAUMAN A, HOFFERT PW. IDIOPATHIC INFARCTION OF THE OMENTUM: REPORT OF TWO CASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1954;41:342–349. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-2-342
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